What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chodron_If we learn to open our hearts

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

– Pema Chödrön

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Wayne Dyer

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.

– Oscar Wilde

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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.

– Thomas à Kempis

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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

– Oscar WIlde

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

–  Thomas Carlyle

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You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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